What is Foundation Settling?
Settling is referred to your home ‘sinking’ into the soil which is surrounding your property. Typically, settling is not one of the disadvantages. But, excessive settling is one of the causes to be concerned about. It is caused by the soil underneath your house moving and shifting. Hence, it is crucial to analyse the soil surrounding your home by the house foundation companies. Dependent on the amount of moisture, the soil can expand or contract. According to the experts, expansion of soil makes the foundation detrimental for at least 25 percent of all homes in America.
Signs Your Foundation is Settling
- The water seeps into the basement. Albeit, this happens in a robust and stable foundation too, but when a foundation is damaged, seepage is one of the most common signs.
- The walls of the foundation are not aligned with the framing of the ground above anymore.
- If the walls are made of concrete blocks, they appear bowed or bulged around the center, cracks are also visible through the mortar joints.
- Cracks are visible in the poured basement concrete walls too.
- The chimney appears to be cracked, tilted or leaning off the plumb.
What are Foundation Problems?
When foundation settling takes an extreme turn, foundation problems occur. Read on for the warning signs of foundation problems.
- You can see the cabinets and counters separating from the walls. When they are out of alignment, it is a sign of a foundation problem. In the beginning, it will seem like they have just moved a slight bit.
- In the pier and beam house, you can see a damp crawl space. Look out when the crawl space is wet, it is a sign of serious foundation problem.
- The floors are uneven, sagging, dipping or bowing.
- There are gaps near the exterior doors or window frames. The door frames become warped and do not allow all the types of doors in your house to function properly.
- Doors do not function properly: they tend to stick or fail to open or close. In the case of French doors, they do not hang or meet in the middle appropriately. And in case of other doors, they hang down at the top, become uneven or drag at the threshold. If the doors are sticky, it is a clear sign of a foundation problem.